Lent & Easter 2023
"Lent is a season of preparation. In these 40 days (plus Sundays) we are called to prepare our hearts and minds for the reality of resurrection. But as the paschal mystery unfolds and with the beauty of Easter on the horizon, a lot of people try to skip ahead. They say they already know how it all ends and so they try to short-cut the journey. I would encourage you not to do this. Rather, I would encourage you to prepare yourself with us this year." (Rev. Brian Coulter)
Download ENCOUNTERS WITH JESUS: THE 2023 Lent DAILY devotional guide
MIDDAY PRAYER SERVICES
Wednesdays, through March 29 at 12 p.m. in the Sanctuary & Livestream
These 30-minute services offer reflection on the season with prayer, music, and message.
LENT AFTERNOON CONCERTS
Wednesdays, through March 29 at 12:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary & Livestream
Enjoy a 30-minute organ concert following the Noon Lent services. A light lunch will be served after each concert. The concerts and lunch are free; no reservations are required.
March 8: Joshua Boyd
March 15: Clive Smith
March 22: Jin-ah Yoo
March 29: Jared Cook
THE LENTEN JOURNEY SELF-PACED PRAYER EXPERIENCE: MARCH 30
The Spiritual Formation Committee invites you to come walk with Christ at The Lenten Journey, a private, self-paced prayer experience to be held in the Great Hall from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on March 30. Through meditations on Jesus’ Seven Last Words, personal prayer, and walking the indoor labyrinth, you can enter Holy Week more open to all it brings. Come at your convenience – for a few minutes or a few hours – but if possible, allow at least an hour so as not to be rushed. Sacred space, silence, and depth experiences await you.
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER
PALM SUNDAY, APRIL 2
8 a.m. in the Chapel
9 a.m. in the Great Hall
11 a.m. in the Sanctuary & Livestream
On Palm Sunday we mark Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem and the start of his last week on earth.
HOLY WEEK: MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3-5
12 p.m. Midday Prayer Services in the Chapel
These 30-minute services in the Chapel offer reflection on the last days of Jesus' ministry with prayer, music, and message.
MAUNDY THURSDAY, APRIL 6
12 p.m. Worship in the Chapel
5:30 p.m. Family Service and Dinner in the Great Hall
7 p.m. Worship in the Sanctuary & Livestream
Three worship services remembering the Last Supper Jesus shared with his disciples. The 5:30 p.m. service will be an interactive, family-appropriate Holy Week experience with our partner congregation, Mount Moriah. Scripture, songs, communion, and optional foot washing. Dinner included.
GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 7
12 p.m. Worship in the Chapel
7 p.m. Tenebrae Service in the Sanctuary & Livestream
Good Friday observes the day of Jesus' suffering and crucifixion on the cross. The 7 p.m. Tenebrae service includes scripture and music, ending in darkness and silence.
EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 9
7 a.m. Sunrise Service in the Memorial Garden
Celebrate Easter with the sunrise at this joyful service outdoors in the setting of FPC's beautiful Memorial Garden and Labyrinth. Chairs provided; inclement weather location is the Atrium.
8 a.m. Worship in the Chapel
9 a.m. Worship in the Great Hall
11 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary & Livestream
Celebrate Easter at our regular worship service times.